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Imprint

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Sermon shared by Shawn Drake

August 2004
Summary: This is the 4th sermon in the series "Church On The Move".
Tags: Unity (add tag)
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
13 (NIV)
[13] I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
This person takes Jesus seriously when He said, ”If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
This type of Christian touches our lives in ways that they probably never realize. These are the people that draw the lost to Jesus Christ. They encourage the saints to keep pushing on. They pick up the wounded and guide them to recovery.
At this time I would like to stop and thank God for these people. As we pray, thank God for those people who left an imprint of Christ in your life. [Prayer]
Category #2: Finally Gone
Unfortunately we don’t hear much about those people who have been a blessing to us; but we do hear often about those who seem to be a curse.
There are some people in our lives that when they leave, we breath a sigh of relief. This type of person also has an impact upon our lives; but it’s not a positive one. These people push “lost” people away from Jesus. They discourage the saints and cause them to want to quit. They kick the wounded and hold them down.
At this time I would like to stop and ask God to be with these people that have hurt you and that they would not hinder you from serving God or you hinder them. [Prayer]
Category #3: Forgotten
There are those who impact our lives positively and negatively; and then there are those who have no impact at all.
This type of person never has time to form relationships outside of their “little circle”. They are always on the outside looking in. There is not much to say about this type of person. It is almost like they never existed.
At this time I would like to stop and ask God to convict and burden these people to become a part of what He is doing. [Prayer]
Conclusion:
What category do you fall into? Each of our goals should be to leave imprints that will leave imprints of Christ upon other’s lives. If you are doing this, keep doing it. If not, why not change?
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